What’s the difference between white table Salt and Himalayan Salt?
Firstly (and obviously) they are different in colour. Also, white table salt is processed and bleached to make it look ‘appealing’. It’s also know to contain additives like anti-caking agent sodium ferrocyanide (that why it never ‘stick’s together’). The pink Himalayan salt is unrefined and contains 84 elements and trace elements (the way nature intended).
The elements are minerals, both macro minerals, such as calcium and chloride as well as trace minerals including iron and zinc. The macro minerals are needed in relative abundance and include magnesium, chloride, iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. The recommended daily amount of these macro minerals depends of your age, activity level and general overall health.
Trace minerals are needed in small amounts for health, and those found in Himalayan salt include boron, chromium, copper, fluoride, iodine, manganese, molybdenum, selenium and zinc. Other minerals that can be found in Himalayan salt include aluminum, carbon, platinum, selenium, sulfur and titanium. It is also known to contain elements of hydrogen and oxygen.
Because of its mineral content, Himalayan salt is considered healthier than regular table salt (and far less processed). Human nutrition is variable in many ways and some of the minerals found in Himalayan salt are found only in minute quantities.
From my personal experience, I will always use Himalayan salt over white table salt without hesitation. I hope this helps when you need to buy salt next time.